Drake’s Nomination Streak Stays Hot At Grammys

After cleaning out the American Music Awards the Jewish rapper picks up eight Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year.

12/06/2016 - 14:47
Editorial Intern

Keeping it in the circle, last year’s “Best New Artist” winner, Meghan Trainor, has announced this year’s nominations for the 59th Grammy Awards on CBS. Jewish rapper Drake, whose latest album "Views" was released last spring, is leading the pack with eight Grammy nominations this year (one for every night of Chanukah perhaps).

Drake won four American Music Awards this year. Instagram.com/champagnepapi

Drake Opens Luxury Toronto Club In Honor Of Late Grandparents

The Sher Club is named for his maternal grandparents, Rueben & Evelyn Sher.

05/11/2015 - 20:00
Web Editor

Drake’s been giving us naches ever since he released his first hit album six years ago, but he just one-upped himself with his latest venture. Last week he announced the opening of a new, exclusive club at the Air Canada Center in his Toronto hometown. The ritzy club is named "Sher Club," for none other than his beloved Bubbe and Zaidy—his maternal grandparents—Rueben & Evelyn Sher.

Drake at the opening of the new Sher Club. Via instagram.com/champagnepapi

Nicki Minaj Lyric Video Evokes Nazi Imagery

'Only' debuts on the anniversary of Kristallnacht and features propaganda images from Hitler’s Third Reich.

11/09/2014 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

Released on November 7, the new lyric video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, “Only” features Nazi imagery, in addition to a cameo appearance by MOT Drake.

Nicki Minaj is under fire for her new single, "Only." Via wikimedia.org

Drake's SNL Bar Mitzvah Flashback

We knew Canada-born rap star Drake was Jewish, but he went full-blown MOT during his turn as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, offering a comic look at how his African American and Jewish relatives came together to celebrate his bar mitzvah. 

Please see our Culture View blog post about Drake's earlier "HYFR" bar mitzvah-themed video.

Drake's Profanity-Laced 'Re-Bar Mitzvha' Video Stirs Controversy

04/11/2012 - 20:00

Thanks to hip-hop superstar Drake’s latest music video, there are now far more eyes focusing on Temple Israel’s bimah than there are even during the High Holidays.

And even though the song’s lyrics are decidedly more profane than sacred, the Reform synagogue's president said he hoped the video would help Jewish youth connect to Judaism.

On Being a Jewish Rapper: Musings from Drake and Co.

It used to be the case that when you mentioned Jews and hip-hop, it was Jews who did the producing, and blacks who did the rapping.  That’s changed.  Now every rap great still living—which is to say, most—are running things: Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne are all producing giants.  While Jews, on the other hand, are rapping: forget Matisyahu (but him too), there’s Drake and Mac Miller and, to my surprise, even DJ Drama.

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